FPM 131 : Fundamentals of Project & Program Management

FAC-P/PM Program Entry Level

FPM 131   |   4 Days (32 Hrs.)

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Designed specifically for professionals earning their Entry/Beginner level FAC-P/PM certifications, FPM 131 is fully FAI-verified as meeting all OFPP / FAI v2.1 Performance Outcomes for the following training Competencies: "Requirements Development / Management Processes," "Systems Engineering," "Test & Evaluation," and "Life Cycle Logistics."

Course Overview

Educational Focus

This course introduces students to the basic concepts and fundamentals of managing projects in today’s Federal environment. It focuses on various aspects of Federal project management, including the understanding and execution of the following processes:

  • Requirements Development
  • Concept Selection
  • Technology development
  • Core Management Skills
  • Total Ownership Cost
  • Market Research
  • Risk and Opportunity Management
  • Communications Management
  • Working Groups and teams
  • Understanding the importance of Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM), including:
    • Systems Engineering
    • Test & Evaluation
    • Life Cycle Logistics

ALTA Learning Methodology

In addition to lecture and Q&A, this class provides a true adult learning experience by utilizing various other teaching modalities:

  • Students use an extensive self-assessment tool throughout class to determine personal and organizational strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students practice the skills they are learning throughout the course through the use of various experiential, hands-on Exercises.
  • Students demonstrate their knowledge by answering review questions at various times during the class and by passing an end of class exam.

Who Should Attend?

  • New Project Managers with less than 1 year experience in Federal Project Management
  • Those responsible for basic, low-risk projects

FAC-P/PM Competencies Addressed

Fully verified by FAI, FPM 131 covers all OFPP / FAI v2.1 Performance Outcomes for the following training Competencies: “Requirements Development / Management Processes,” “Systems Engineering,” “Test & Evaluation,” and “Life Cycle Logistics.”

FAC-P/PM Competency Mapping

PPM-101 Competency Mapping

Course Topics & Modules

  • I. Why Are We Here?
    • Program background and introduction
    • Current OMB and Presidential initiatives
    • Self-Assessment Worksheet tool
  • II. Introduction and Overview of Federal Acquisition Management and Guidance
    • Understand roles and responsibilities of federal acquisition organizations and stakeholders
    • Understand components of Clinger-Cohen IT Management Reform Act
    • Overview of FAC Academy Guide For Investment Decision Making
    • Overview of PortfolioStat
  • III. Requirements Development Process
    • Overview of Strategic Planning
    • Overview of Capital Programming and Budgeting
    • Identification, assessment, and prioritization of needs and solution approaches
    • Development of Key Performance Parameters, Thresholds, and Objectives
  • IV. Market Research and Concept Selection Process
    • Understand FAR Parts 10 and 12 guidance on use of commercial items and non-developmental items and Socioeconomic considerations
    • Overview of Analysis of Alternatives (AoA)
    • Overview of Life Cycle Costs and Total Ownership Costs
    • Overview of Net Present Value (NPV) using OMB A-94
    • Overview of Performance metrics
    • Overview of Decision Analysis/Scoring Methods to select among alternatives
  • V. Core Management Skills and Processes
    • Understand the tools and techniques of building an Integrated Master Plan
    • Practice Project Management Skills in:
      • Building a Work Breakdown Structure
      • Preparing a Project Scheduling
      • Performing Resource Management
      • Establishing the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB)
  • VI. Risk and Opportunity Management
    • Understand the nature and terminology of risk
    • Effectively plan for, identify, assess, develop responses for, and monitor risk
  • VII. Working Groups and Teams
    • Identify and effectively manage stakeholder’s communication needs
    • Manage the effective dissemination of information internally and externally
    • Manage the development of the members in a working group / IPT
  • VIII. Overview of Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM) and Systems Engineering
    • Understand basics of the TLCSM process
    • Provide an Overview of Technology Development Strategy (TDS) and Technology Development approaches
    • Explain the objectives and concepts of Performance Based Acquisition
    • Understand the requirements development process
    • Evaluate the answer to the question, “Did you build the right thing?”
    • Understand the use of decision analysis methods
    • Plan life cycle processes using systems engineering discipline
    • Manage risk and opportunity
    • Identify interfaces and configurations management requirements
  • IX. Test & Evaluation
    • Describe a comprehensive, integrated T&E process, including effective use of modeling and simulation
    • Comprehend the value of the Test and Evaluation Strategy and a Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)
    • Identify the components of a realistic Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) process
  • X. Life Cycle Logistics
    • Review the management of a Life Cycle Logistics process for effective product support and interoperability
    • Understand the complexity of effective supply chain and material management and the latest commercial practices
    • Understand Performance Based Logistics components and concepts
  • XI. Student Assessment
    • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the material covered in the class by passing an end of course exam and updating their assessment of competency in meeting the prescribed performance objective

Training Hours / Credits Earned

Standard Class Hours
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Credits Earned
32 CLPs
32 PDUs (Course approved by PMI® and is eligible for PDU credit)
3.2 CEUs

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